Movin’ and a Groovin’

Viola is now crawling.  She is EVERYWHERE. Nine months has gone by in a flash.  She is growing like a weed and learning something every day.  Sophia and Viola are starting to play together and it is the sweetest thing I have ever witnessed.  Sophia’s favorite thing to do with Viola is showing her books.  She also loves to entertain her by jumping up and down, playing peek a boo, and running fast.  Viola is smitten with her big sister and provides lots of laughs to encourage Sophia’s silliness.


9 Months Old

– Crawling

– Waving Bye Bye

– Saying Bye Bye, Mama, Dada

– clapping

– loves to explore

– two teeth

– First Easter

– Favorite Food: Salmon, Broccoli, and Raspberries

Favorite Song: A,B,Cs sung by Sophia

Favorite Book: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Smiley Happy Baby

Viola is maybe one of the happiest babies I have ever seen!  She is always smiling and giggling.  She loves, Loves, LOVES her big sister and keeps her eyes on her all the time.  These months sure are flying by.  Before I know it she will be one.

8 Months Old

– Scooting on her booty

– loves to talk (mama, dada, wawa)

– Enjoys being outdoors

– Gives kisses

– likes standing while holding hands

– starting to enjoy food! (broccoli, sweet potato, and lentils)

– One Tooth!

– Favorite Song: The Hello Song

Vi is 7 Months

Viola is now 7 months old!  Yep you read that right.  I feel like she was born two days ago.  The time has passed so quickly.  She is such a happy baby.  She is beginning to show signs of separation anxiety, so if she doesn’t know you she may cry, but after getting to know you she will give you all the smiles.
Sophia is now two and a half! She loves story time, drawing and painting, and being outside. She is getting so big and losing that baby/toddler look (cue all the tears). She is growing up.

7 Months Old

– Happy go lucky

– Sitting up

– Saying Mama and Dada

– No teeth!

– loves standing

– favorite song: The Hello Song

– Favorite food: Carrots

1/2 Birthday

How can it be that Viola’s half birthday has come and gone? She is the sweetest baby.  Every time we turn around she is learning something new.  Sophia and Viola are becoming best friends.  It is so special to watch.

6 months old

– sitting up

– saying mama, dada, baba

– taking baths with Sophia

– loves to swing

-enjoys jumping in the jumperoo

– first food: egg yolk

– Smiles and giggles all the time

Happy Holidays

Viola made it through her first big car trip!  She did really well.  Having Sophia in the back to make her laugh and provide entertainment was a huge plus.  We had a great time at Granny and Papa’s house for Christmas.  I’m sure you could tell by my bombardment of photos on instagram 🙂

5 Months Old

-Such a smiley baby

-Rolling back to front (working hard to do the opposite)

-Laughing at big sister

-Doing mini push ups and kicking her legs

-blowing raspberries

-mouthing EVERYTHING (teeth coming soon?)

-Loves the Ring Sling

-First Christmas

-First New Year

I can do that!

Viola is now 4 months old!!!  Woohoo!  She is growing like a weed and such a happy baby.  Sophia is really getting into being able to make her laugh and smile.  Sophia has also become a daddy’s girl, which is the sweetest thing ever.  Last, I am getting more comfortable taking two kids places and being out numbered when in public, scary stuff!

4 Months Old

– First Thanksgiving

-Big Smiles

-giggles all the time

-lost most of her hair!

-drooling and sucking on her fingers

-admiring her hands

-rolling back to front

-making 360 turns when on her belly

As Sweet As Can Be

Viola is now three months old!  She is smiling and giggling and really becoming her own little person.  Carlo and I are adjusting to life with two and it’s starting to feel normal.  Sophia is also doing great as a big sister.  She loves to read stories to her.

3 Months Old

– smiling


– giggling

– holding her head up

– loves when her sister sings

– enjoys bath time

– wakes two times a night

– first halloween

Time Slow Down

This little girl is as sweet as pie.  She is smiling and even starting to giggle and she is only two months old.  So much personality already showing through.  She is a breastfeeding champ and as chunky as can be!  She is quite vocal and quite loud.  I think she may have a great future in public speaking or maybe she will be a vocalist.

So thankful that Meg was able to come and spend time with me during newborn baby time again!  Family and friends have really made the transition to two so much easier.  They were able to give Sophia some extra attention and also help me stay caught up on taking showers! It was much appreciated.

Two Months Old

– 11lbs 13oz

-giggles and smiles in her sleep

– enjoys baths and diaper changes

– dislikes loud noises

– gives a big smile to Sophia when she sings Itsy Bitsy Spider


– cooing

– BFF – Meg Harrison

One Month Old….one month late

So, keeping up with the blog is proving to be harder than I thought.  However, here it is just a bit late.  Viola is growing and thriving and we are all adjusting well.  We had a lot of help in the beginning.  Sharon and Leo came by a lot during the first couple of weeks to play with Sophia or let me rest.  Charlie and Audrey have also provided great entertainment for Sophia.  Then, my parents came up to meet Viola. My dad and Sophia became best friends and my house is at its cleanest when my mom is here!  We are so thankful for all the help our family provided.

One Month New

– Brown Hair

– Blue Eyes

– 10lbs

– Wakes two to three times a night

– Loves bath time with big sister

– The fan is her best friend

– Beautiful little girl

I love that Olaf couldn’t be left out. Haha
Nonna spent many days helping out with the transition!  Sophia had a blast.

This was Daddy’s hat when he was a baby.

Sophia enjoys holding Viola and reading her stories

My parent’s came to meet sweet Viola and helped throw Sophia a birthday party!

My dad spent time making Viola her very own bunny rabbit.  I’d like to say he helped me make it, but it’s more like I helped him.  I played the part of getting the tools together. Keep scrolling and you’ll see it!
Bath time

The Rabbit

One Month New

Say Hi to Vi

Viola Claire Baldini was born August 9th 2016 at 8:45am. She was 7lbs 6oz and 18.5 inches long. For some this is enough information. For others who are obsessed with birth stories continue to read.

Our story begins on Monday, August 8th, I was super tired and so ready for to meet my little squish. I was at that point in pregnancy where everything is emotional and you are just exhausted. I was over waking 5 times a night to pee and not being able to hold Sophia on my lap and read her stories. In short, I needed this baby to be born. Well, the stars aligned for me, that morning Carlo’s mom, Sharon, called me up and asked if she could take Sophia for the day and I said absolutely. Carlo took half a day off and we decided to go for a walk and not just a leisurely stroll. I decided we would walk Cherokee Park! Oh the hills and the heat, but I really wanted to give my best effort to get labor going. Contractions started around 3 that afternoon. We went home from the park and the contractions were unpredictable.  Determined to get labor going I decided to walk around the neighborhood. After it was all said and done we estimated that we had walked about five or six miles in all. Well, I finally decided I was in labor and called Sharon to bring Sophia back to me. I needed to spend some last moments with just her. Her world was getting ready to change (remember the emotional bit, yeah you can imagine).

So, that evening we spent time doing normal routine things and just paying attention to the contractions and giving a little extra attention to Sophia. The contractions were spacing out and I was pretty sure that they were going to fizzle out. I was getting pretty disappointed in all my effort. It isn’t everyday or ever that I walk six miles and hello at nine months pregnant. As the evening went on we put Sophia to bed as usual and then we went to bed. I continued to have contractions, but they were pretty far apart and not very painful. The contractions woke me up a few times that night, but overall I was still able to get some sleep. Around 2am, Sophia woke up and Carlo went to her room to get her back to sleep. During that time he fell asleep in her room. No big deal usually. Well, around 5am I woke up with really strong contractions. I laid in the bed and timed them and they were three to four minutes a part and no joke. I finally acknowledged this was actually going to happen! So, like I mentioned Carlo fell asleep in Sophia’s room and at this point I needed to let him know that we were going to have a baby! Our hallway, which is a pretty short hallway, like 8 steps short, all of a sudden felt very long. I went to Sophia’s room and as quietly as I could got Carlo. He called his mom and she came over to take care of Sophia. That 30 minute wait for her to get here was a very long 30 mins, then, we were off to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital, I called my mom and texted a few other people and also let my sister-in-law, Kristen know it was go time! Kristen was coming from Northern Kentucky to take photos. When we got to the hospital they sent us to triage and got us checked in. Everything was going well, I was 5cm, half way! and we were just waiting on our birthing room. The midwife came in and asked us some questions including if I would like to labor in a pool. I said sure. Why not right? Anything that could help relieve some pain naturally sounded great to me. Once everything was set up we were moved into our room and things started to get much more intense.

Kristen showed up right after we got into the room. Which was great because things started progressing quickly. The midwife and Carlo helped me get into the pool and it immediately helped with pain. I couldn’t believe the relief. Carlo was right outside the pool the entire time holding my hand and rubbing my back. People kept coming in and asking me to sign my life away. It was a little ridiculous. You would think they could have you sign some of these papers before everything goes down. Finally, after all the papers were signed there was a little bit of time that between the contractions I was able to talk to Carlo and Kristen. Then, at some point I stopped talking much and Kristen mentioned that my contractions were about a minute a part. Let me reiterate how much I loved laboring in the pool. I was pretty shocked when Kristen told me how close my contractions were. A few moments later, I asked the student midwife when Joanie, the midwife, would be back. She casually said, oh she should be coming back in a little while to check on you. I then said something like um, I need her to come back now! Haha. So, once Joanie came back she took one look at me and said, “oh, that’s a different face, you’re ready to push”. I was so impressed how intuitive everything was to her.  The midwife made me feel in control of everything and made me feel confident in everything that was going on.  I then had to get out of the pool. That was a pretty hard thing to do. I’m not even sure how I actually got out of the pool. I’m sure Carlo had something to do with this.  I just remember somehow being on the bed and ready to push. Pushing went pretty quickly and beautiful Viola Claire was born at 8:45am. Carlo and I were in awe and Aunt Kristen had a good ugly cry. It was a pretty beautiful moment.

Below are some photos Aunt Kristen took of the birth and visitors at the hospital. A huge thank you to her for capturing these beautiful loving moments for us.

The Most Supportive Husband Ever

Signing My Life Away Between Contractions

The Moment Time Stood Still

Meeting Our Beautiful Baby

Tiny Fingers

Proud Parents

Loving Father

Family of Four

Nonna and Viola

Grandpa and Viola

Best Big Sister Ever



Proud Aunt

Viola Claire Baldini